Whatever coast you are on, the piiiiiiiles from school are coming home soon. (I always wonder where the teachers have been storing this STUFF all year long but that’s another post.) Whether it’s your middle-schooler’s Trapper Keeper (they made a comeback, you know!) or your 2nd grader’s farm diorama, these creations create chaos at home. To take control of the situation (central theme of all of my work), follow these guidelines.
I usually greet summer with an eye roll and a few heavy sighs and I don't think I'm alone. It’s crazy time. Kids going every direction. Tears at drop off for camp. Camp is out at noon but costs $500 (whatevs). It’s quite possibly a recipe for disaster for people who like routine, schedules, and consistency (that’s me, folks). If you happen to have owned the same attitude, keep reading for a few ideas on how I’m determined to change it up this year.
Micro choice (as defined by Less Mess. More Life.) – quick actions you can take and decisions you can make to lead a more organized life.
A simpler, calmer life is not created solely by the quarterly purge. The dreamy state is the result of minute-to-minute, day-to-day decisions you make. You've made the decision to sign up for this newsletter. Now it's your turn to implement a few of these (she says with such a loving nudge).
"Spring Break 2019!" she yells in her 20-year-old voice like she’s headed back to Key West. Time to pack up the family (because the packing-for-one days are long gone) and head somewhere. Let’s do things in a more organized way this trip. Sound good? Thought so. Implement these 3 pack-like-a-pro tips to get your crew on that flight/road trip with just what you need a lot less stress.
Thank you Mary, for setting the tone here. Without further adieu, my 3 simple rules for editing your children’s art.
1. If it’s not personal - toss it. Staying in the lines on a page torn from a coloring book page does not warrant keeping for 3 decades. First drawing of your family? Frame it – this deserves more than a box.
2. If it’s bigger than my Bigso Document box - toss it. Preschool art projects will not overtake my home or my life.
3. If you know the teacher did the majority of the work - toss it. You know the way-too-perfect Halloween thumbprint project. Cute? Beyond. Showing my child’s creativity? Not so much. See ya.
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Let’s clean out your room! Time to get rid of some toys! I guarantee your child will give you the classic eye roll or completely ignore you. Do you blame them? That sounds overwhelming to me (and I love this stuff). IMHO, children need to and can develop the habit of letting go, reducing their emotional attachment to things. Few children (adults, ahem) want to do this work, let’s be honest. Here are some tricks to help get everyone moving in a less is more direction.
“Mothers will spend more than three years of their adult lives in the kitchen” according to a recent study. I’m definitely on the more than side of this study. I feel like I am in the kitchen All. The. Time. Can you relate?
Maybe that stat will make you realize how important it is to have an edited and organized kitchen. Here are my 3 favorite tools to help you do just that.
A very common question - what is your favorite organizing product?
To answer - picture this. Peacefully (of course), you walk in the door with mail in one hand, kids backpacks in the other (permission slips to sign falling out) and your purse barely hanging onto your wrist for dear life.
Welcome home! You now have magazines to read, husband's mail to put somewhere and kids papers/homework in a heap. It all ends up in one pile on the counter because let's be honest, that's just what happens. So what to do?
Five mornings a week a lot of us do the same thing. Sigh about packing lunch(es). Dig for containers to pack lunch. And then, finally, pack the lunch. It gets old – quickly.
I hated packing lunches mainly because I never had the right, or enough of, the right container. Dirty containers, lost lids or my husband snagging the good sandwich Tupperware, I was always digging…and annoyed by it.